This is the theme of an article by Ishmael Sunga, the C.E.O of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017.In his article, he premises that from artificial intelligence, to precision agriculture, to the internet of things,...
In Uganda there are markets that open on different days in various districts across the country and farmers bring their produce to these markets with the hope of getting buyers but this is not always the case. They therefore have to take their produce back home and wait for the following week when...
Mobile money has done more to extend the reach of financial services in the last decade than traditional “bricks and mortar” banking has in the last century. Today, there are 411 million mobile money accounts globally. Moreover, mobile money is available in 85% of countries where the vast majority...
Sustainable Agriculture designates systems in which the farmers realize the goal of efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities,...
Considering the diffusion of mobile devices in developing countries, the USAID agency has supported the development of mobile applications aimed at securing land property rights and encouraging a better land management by using mobile GPS and cloud technology.
"In rural areas, land is the basis for...
The result of a close partnership between GSMA mAgri and design consultancy "frog", the mAgri team is delighted to announce the release of the mAgri Design Toolkit, a collection of instructions, tools and stories to help develop and scale mobile agriculture products by applying a user-centered...
Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest annual gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA, and held in the Mobile World Capital: Barcelona, Spain. This years edition will take place from the 22nd untill the 25th of February 2016. Registration will open soon.
In the article Target Market Segmentation and Education: Comparing agriculture digital payments systems, Lee Babcock talks about a lesser-known digital payment system that was started in Colombia in partnership with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and the Bank of Bogota.
The initiative that...
Mobile phones have reached some of the most remote parts of the globe. Their rapid spread offers opportunities to improve the lives of small-scale farmers across the developing world. Indeed, companies have already started to capitalize on this trend by using mobile phones to help farmers to access...
The use of ICTs is becoming a crucial tool for farmers in Kenya. They are called “telephone farmers” and they are making use of a growing number of technologies and platforms to improve the choice and the management of the crops.
New technologies meet the needs emerging from the urbanization trend...
This paper establishes the relationship between the rural development in India and the social media networks. The area of rural development in India is as multi- faceted as the country itself and by and large media has affected almost every aspect of rural development. The paper extends the...
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations are organising an e-forum on “Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information...
Information technology is helping African farmers to become more efficient and they can't get enough of it.
That is the conclusion of a special agriculture section in this year's eLearning Africa Report, an annual review of the impact of technology on education and development.
The Report shows...
The Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) database, launched by the World Bank in 2011, provides comparable indicators showing how people around the world save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. The 2014 edition of the database reveals that 62 percent of adults worldwide have an account...
The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR), published by Palgrave Macmillan Journals on behalf the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), has published the article "Mobile Phones for Agricultural and Rural Development: A Literature Review and...
Agriculture continues to be the most important sector of the Indian economy and agriculture is a more or less a compulsion for livelihood of millions of farmers. Land and water resources have almost reached their limits, price of commodities are fluctuating almost every day, profits are...
Instant advice on fertilizer dose to farmers: Smartphone app from India
MITRA© (meaning as Friend) has become the latest addition to the smart phone Apps market for Agro information that can provide farmers with advice on exact dose fertilizer for their particular needs. The Mobile Application...
Thanks to the increasingly ease of use of ICTs and the overall reduction of cost of technology, the application of ICTs is becoming mature in a myriad of different sectors connected to global development initiatives. Whether a few years ago such applications were the domain of single pioneers from...
The journal "World Development", by Elsevier, has published the article "Mobile Phones and Farmers’ Marketing Decisions in Ethiopia" (Vol. 68, pp. 296–307, 2015), an interesting article by researchers Getaw Tadesse and Godfrey Bahiigwa which aims to asses the real influence that the use of mobile...
Mobile for Development, by the GSM Association (GSMA), has published on 4 November 2014 the "Digital Inclusion Report 2014".
Although the progresses made in the last several years, the rural digital divide remains a major issue: according to the latest statistics by the International...